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U2 Trade Stadium Splendor For Punk Immediacy At The Apollo

U2 are currently on the road, bringing their usual arena-ready spectacle around America as part of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour, promoting last year's Songs
Ryan Leas | June 12, 2018 - 2:45 pm

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A Parquet Courts Show On A Boat Had Us Feeling Wide Awake

Parquet Courts are one of the few bands that can sing about politics with humor and eloquence, and without coming across as esoteric. Sure, their…
Sara Nuta | June 11, 2018 - 2:51 pm

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Ben & Jerry’s Launches New “It’s Ice…Cream” Phish Flavor: A Roundtable

As respected music journalists, we get a ton of stuff for free and we are very grateful. (Please send us all the free things.) But…
James Rettig | June 7, 2018 - 1:28 pm

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A Look Back At Sex And The City’s Perfectly Corny Music

Today is the 20th anniversary of Sex And The City’s premiere on HBO, and you know what that means: think-pieces! Just about every outlet has…
Julia Gray | June 6, 2018 - 9:49 pm

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Mesmerizing, Too: Liz Phair’s Girly-Sound Comes To Life For The First Time On Stage

I wasn’t alive when Exile In Guyville came out in 1993. Born one year later, I would eventually hear and love Liz Phair’s sole top…
Grace Birnstengel | June 5, 2018 - 1:49 pm

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The Jazz-Rap Explosion Of 1993, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years after its release, hindsight reveals one now-dated aspect of Guru's Jazzmatazz, Volume 1: The front cover refers to its fusion of hip-hop and…
Nate Patrin | June 5, 2018 - 1:15 pm

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Kali Uchis Proves She’s A Star At Governors Ball

A music festival is a weird place to see any band. If a concert is supposed to be an artist transporting you into their world…
Peter Helman | June 4, 2018 - 2:11 pm

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The Gaslight Anthem Played A Good Set To Almost No One Last Night

Music festivals are pretty much all the same these days. Sure, there's boutique endeavors like the Pitchfork Music Festival and Eaux Claires or outings that…
Michael Tedder | June 3, 2018 - 9:15 pm

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Primavera’s Expansive 2018 Lineup Proved Festivals Can Still Be Exhilarating

"Welcome to the best festival in the world," Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs' set at Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It was Thursday…
Ryan Leas | June 3, 2018 - 1:37 pm

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James Blake Plays A Beautiful Set To Bored Teens At Gov Ball

"I'm always down for emo music," a girl said to her friend as we stood with a few hundred tired, sweaty bodies waiting for James…
Julia Gray | June 2, 2018 - 3:11 pm

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Still Love You, New York

I worry about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sometimes. I'm not saying it's fair, but I do. I'm also not saying they have gone the way…
Michael Tedder | June 2, 2018 - 2:07 pm

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The Americans Bids Farewell To TV’s Best Soundtrack With U2’s “With Or Without You”

On the cold open of the recent season finale of Saturday Night Live, our president and his loyal cronies gather in a diner to reflect…
Michael Tedder | May 31, 2018 - 10:35 am

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How Did Muse Last 20 Years?

Most reasonable civilians already agreed that war was bad without a word from Muse. Still, the trio insisted on violently driving that point home with…
Brian Josephs | May 29, 2018 - 2:00 pm

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10 Unique Acts To See At Primavera 2018

The lineup of Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival is always stacked. It's one of the best-booked festivals in the world, always boasting an impressive and diverse…
Ryan Leas | May 25, 2018 - 12:57 pm

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Scarlett Johansson’s Implausible Debut LP And Indie Rock Hollywood, 10 Years Later

For as long as there's been a recording industry and a movie business in America, actors have been making albums. In plenty of cases, especially…
Ryan Leas | May 17, 2018 - 10:21 am
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